Support Groups

Support Groups

Please contact support groups directly to ensure the accuracy of the information before attending.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Every Monday 7:30pm-9pm
All Saints Church, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl
Family groups provide understanding, strength and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Disabled access
CONTACT: Tel. 01904 644026 (Office hours only) | Email: gso@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Every Tuesday 7pm-8:45pm
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JN
Closed group. Support for alcoholics or those who think they may have a drink problem.
CONTACT: Tel. 01904 644026 (Office hours only) | Email: gso@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Every Wednesday 7pm-8:30pm
Conference Room, Ward 18, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road. CF31 1RQ
Family groups provide understanding, strength and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. All meetings open, disabled acces.
CONTACT: Tel. 01904 644026 (Office hours only) | Email: gso@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society
Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain
Every Monday 1:30pm-3:15pm
Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN
We meet regularly for sessions that last for about one and half to two hours and include a relaxed welcome with refreshments on arrival. After about half an hour the singing leader calls everyone into a circle and uses a greeting song to welcome everyone by name. The session begins with some gentle tried and tested vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises used by singers around the world to strengthen the voice, ease tension and relax the muscles in hands, feet, neck and shoulders. This increases lung capacity and increases blood flow to the brain, helping keep the brain in optimum condition. Action songs increase the playful exercise element and give challenges to the brain which people with memory problems often cope with very well. Use of rounds, call and response, and other ways of creating simple harmonies helps concentration. Well known songs are used to evoke verbal and emotional memories. New songs are taught to help challenge and extend skills.
CONTACT: Alzheimer’s Society Bridgend & District | Tel: 01656 753 754 | Email: bridgend-district@alzheimers.org.uk

Feel Good Cafe Bridgend
Third Thursday of Every Month 1pm – 3:30pm
Alzheimers Society, North Court Building, Suite 1, North Road, Bridgend Ind. Estate, CF31 3TP
The cafes are an opportunity for people with dementia and/or their friends or carers, to receive support and share information, and to enjoy a relaxing few hours in the company of others in similar circumstances. Dementia support workers are present to discuss any queries or concerns, and there is often a speaker or entertainment provided, as well as refreshments. Please feel free to come and join us. If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us before hand.
Contact: Alzheimer’s Society 01656 647158 | bridgend-district@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Support
Every weekday 9:00am-2:00pm
Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN
Dementia support workers are available to provide information and support on a one to one basis to people with dementia or carers. This can be provided by phone, email, or at your home or other convenient venue. Dementia support workers can be contacted at our office. Older people with dementia (65 and over) and their carers
CONTACT: Alzheimer’s Society Bridgend & District | Tel: 01656 753 754 | Email: bridgend-district@alzheimers.org.uk

Every weekday 9:00am-3:00pm
Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN
Social opportunities for younger people with dementia (under 65) and their carers.
CONTACT: Alzheimer’s Society Bridgend & District | Tel: 01656 753 754 | Email: bridgend-district@alzheimers.org.uk

Bipolar UK
Bipolar UK Bridgend Self Help Group
1st Wednesday of Every Month, 1:30 – 3:30pm
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JN.

Carers Support
Bridgend Carer’s Centre Care Free Community Cafe
Every Wednesday 12.30pm-3.30pm
87 Park Street, Bridgend. CF31 4AZ
At the café, carers will have the opportunity to collect information, take part in activities and listen to relevant speakers. The person ‘cared for’ is also welcome as are those who are no longer caring.
CONTACT: Tel: 01656 658479 | Email: enquiries@bridgendcarers.co.uk

Combat Stress
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 1pm-3pm
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend CF31 1JN
Forces and Veterans Support Group

BIG – Life Changes Group
Every Wednesday 1pm-3pm
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JN
A peer led practical self-help group where you will receive support and guidance by helping each other through recovery, gain practical advice, relapse prevention tips and signposting to local services and have access for training to develop new skills and knowledge.
CONTACT: Tel: 01656 667717 (Option 3) / 07541 691689 or email: bigbridgendlc@gmail.com

SORTED
Share Our Recovery Through Eating Disorders
2nd & 4th Monday of every month | 6:30pm – 8pm
MHM Wales, Union Offices, Quarella Road. Bridgend. CF31 1JW
SORTED provides a Peer-2-Peer support to people with all types of eating disorders.
SORTED provides information about eating disorders to carer’s friends and family.
SORTED offers an opportunity to meet people who may be in a similar situation in a safe and confidential space. People support each other by sharing experiences, thoughts, successes and problems or by simply listening.
These groups do not offer treatment, therapy or counselling and cannot diagnose or make medical referrals.
SORTED is run by MHM Wales volunteers who use their skills, knowledge and expertise though offering support and information. We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations and the generosity of the public.
CONTACT: sorted@mhmwales.org | Tel: 01656 651 450

Special Families in the Llynfi Valley
Every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm
Maesteg Sports Centre
This is a coffee morning for parents, carers and guardians of children with any disabilities.
Sharing issues, information, fundraising, and planning activities for our special children and families!
CONTACT: Claire Edmunds on 07588 460796

Both Parents Matter
2nd Thursday of Every Month,
ASDA (Upstairs Cafe) Coychurch Road, Bridgend. CF31 3AG
At the meetings our volunteers try to help any who need advice, information or support with their individual circumstances. Meetings normally encourage all those attending to contribute to a wide ranging discussion so that anyone who is experiencing difficulties with contact can receive a range of help and support. Due to the confidential nature of the issues it is important for everyone to appreciate that anything discussed during the meeting cannot be discussed with any third party. It is a requirement of attendance that all participants agree to this restriction.

PRAMS (+ Genesis Crèche) Post Natal Depression Support Group
Every Tuesday 9:45am-11:45am (during school time only)
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JN
Perinal response and management service. For women with Post Natal Depression who are under the care of PRAMS. Closed group.
CONTACT: PRAMS | Tel: 01656 752520
PRAMS Ante-Natal Group
Every Tuesday 1:00pm-2:00pm
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JN
For expectant mums with anxiety and depression. Closed group under the care of PRAMS.
CONTACT: PRAMS | Tel: 01656 752520
MUMS (Moving Up Mums) (+Genesis Crèche)
Every Wednesday 9:45am-11:45am
ARC Day Services, Quarella Road, Bridgend CF31 1JN

Depression & Anxiety Support Group
Depression & Anxiety Support Group
Every Thursday 6pm-7pm ongoing
MC Centre Bridgend
First Floor, One Central Park
Western Avenue
Bridgend Industrial Estate
CF31 3TZ
Support is delivered by a highly trained Depression and Anxiety facilitator. Details available on request or on www.mulligancommunity.org or call reception on 01656 645 480.

Starfish Mental Health Peer Support
Every Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sarn Community Centre Library, Merfield Close, Sarn CF32 9SW
Starfish (incorporating Reaching Out) is a Bridgend peer-support group providing emotional and practical support for anyone 16 and over with mental health issues, whatever the cause. Starfish is run by sufferers for sufferers. (Young people 16-18 should be accompanied by a parent or appropriate adult).
Contact: Keith Knight
Helpline – 08000 435 600
Textline – 07917 010 590
Twitter: @StarfishSarn
Facebook: Facebook.com/StarfishSupport

Youth and Young People
Open Access Play Projects (8-12 yr olds)
Sessions in Pencoed, Cefn Glas, and Broadlands. They are from 4 – 6pm in Pencoed and Broadlands and from 3.30 – 5.30pm in Cefn Glas.
CONTACT: lydiacook@groundworkbnpt.com

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